A Trip to the Alpine..Stitch Tutorial

The Alpine stitch

The alpine stitch, or the rasied ripple stitch, is a beautiful, elegant, and easy stitch with a raised texture. It is wonderful for scarves, blankets, jackets, purses and so much more!

I found this stitch rather recently when I was planning out my husband’s Christmas gift. He loves Celtic looking items, but I didn’t want to do a Celtic weave because I only had two skeins of the teal color that he liked so much and that stitch takes a lot of yarn!

So, when I found the alpine stitch I was very happy, even more so when he looked over one day and said that “I like that stitch, what is it called?” Heeheehee, your Christmas present!

To do this stitch you need to know how to chain, single crochet, double crochet, and what a front post stitch is. (I’ll explain what a front post stitch is, if you don’t)

The Key
  • Ch = chain
  • St = Stitch
  • ALT = Alternate Option
  • Sc = single crochet
  • Dc = double crochet
  • FPDC = front post double crochet

The color changes are to show the layers.

How to do the Alpine stitch

Start with an odd number of chain stitches, and a size 6.0 mm hook, but you can use just about any size depending on your project and yarn type. You can also start with a foundation stitch, which I did, I think it gives a nice bordered end.

Row 1: Foundation St 11, turn. (ALT) Ch 11, Ch 1 and Sc 11 St.

Row 2: Ch 2, then Dc in each Sc. 11 St.

Row 3: Ch 2, Sc in each Dc.

Start of FPDC row 4

End of 1 FPDC

Row 4: Ch 2 this counts as the first Dc, do a FPDC in the second Dc, then a regular Dc next Sc. continue until you reach the end, it should be a normal Dc.

Row 5: Ch 1, Sc in the top of each Dc.

Second row of FPDC

Second row of FPDC continued

Row 6: Ch 2, do 1 Dc above the previous FPDC, do 1 FPDC in the next Dc. Continue this pattern until you’ve reached the end you should have 2 Dcs on either side.

Row 7: continue rows 4 -6 to your desired length.

Finished swatch.

Row 8: Finish the pattern with 2 rows of Sc so it matches the bottom.

The picture below is of the scarf I made with this stitch. It has an elegant woven look that also keeps you nice and warm. I hope you enjoy making this stitch. I can see using it to make a potholder, or trivet, as a great starting project! Cut your teeth on it so to speak.

My gorgeous husband in his scarf